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One person dead, two injured, in fall at AV Cell


October 4, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

An accident last week at the AV Cell dissolving pulp mill in Atholville, N.B., has left one person dead and two others injured. The three men were employees of a subcontractor. They fell from a fixed catwalk approximately nine metres high.

An accident last week at the AV Cell dissolving pulp mill in Atholville, N.B., has left one person dead and two others injured. The three men were employees of a subcontractor. They fell from a fixed catwalk approximately nine metres high.

A representative of WorkSafeNB told local news sources that the catwalk was a fixed structure, not scaffolding, but something gave way under the weight of the workers and the fell to the floor. Apparently the catwalk was intended to give access to pipes near the ceiling, and was used infrequently.

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AV Cell released a statement expressing its sympathies to the family of the deceased, and saying it would cooperate with the WorkSafeNB investigation into the incident.


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